Association of Personal Injury Lawyers
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APIL Vice President - Brett Dixon

The staff report to an executive committee of elected APIL members, which is led by a team of officers comprising the president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Executive committee members work on a voluntary basis, tirelessly striving to achieve APIL’s objectives for the benefit of injured people.

The executive committee meets on a regular basis, usually four times annually.

Brett Dixon


Role: Vice President


Further details for Brett Dixon are displayed below.

Brett Dixon is a senior fellow of APIL. He is a consultant personal injury solicitor based in Lancashire with Smith Jones (Solicitors) Limited. He also runs Brett Dixon Training Limited delivering specialist legal training throughout the UK for APIL and in-house for firms.

He was appointed in 2015 as a solicitor member of the Civil Procedure Rule Committee and has recently been asked to serve a further term in that position He is a member of their subcommittee dealing with reform of the court system and implementation of the pilot schemes for the online court system. Recently he has been a member of the sub-committees redrafting the Disease and Illness Pre-action protocol for resolution of package travel claims. He is also a member of the HMCTS professional engagement group.

Brett is also a member of the Ministry of Justice Steering Group and Legal Sub-Group for whiplash reform. He is the vice-chair of the Civil Justice Council Low Value Claims Working Group

Brett is an active member of the APIL executive committee and was elected by the membership of APIL to be the vice president 2016-2017. Brett became president of APIL in May 2017, and agreed to serve a further term as President, being appointed for a second time at the annual conference in 2018.

He delivers training regularly on behalf of APIL via webinars and face to face courses including at the annual conference and other conferences. Brett also tours the UK annually writing and delivering the ‘PI Update’ and ‘Accidents at work’ update courses.

He has been involved in many government consultations on behalf of APIL:

  • Revisions to the Lifting Operations and Lifting Equipment Regulations 1998 Approved Code of Practice
  • HSE consultation on the exemption of self-employed from the Health and safety at Work Act 1974
  • Consultation on revisions to the pre-action protocol for personal injury
  • Revisions to the Provision and use of Work Equipment Regulations 1998 Approved Code of Practice
  • Revisions to the Workplace Health Safety and Welfare Regulations 1992 Approved Code of Practice
  • Civil justice reform in Northern Ireland
  • The 2017 proposed whiplash reforms
  • The discount rate consultation

Brett has also acted as a spokesman to the media for APIL, recently given evidence at a select committee in Parliament on the 2017 proposed whiplash reforms, the discount rate in 2017and attended the House of Lords on behalf of APIL to brief opposition ministers on health and safety issues.

He was previously the secretary of APIL's costs and funding special interest group for three terms.

He has practised as a solicitor since 1999. He has a wealth of experience in representing both private and trade union clients. Brett has written many published articles including for the Gazette and JPIL.

On a personal note he is the father of a disabled daughter.

  • The vice-president shall preside over all meetings in the absence of the president
  • In the event of a vacancy in the office of president, the vice-president shall take his or her place
  • The vice-president is expected to deputise for the president, where necessary, in any work the president is unable to undertake for whatever reason.

Shareholdings/directorships/partners or otherwise engaged in the management or control of claims management services, medical agencies and other organisations related to providing a service to the injured person, or in the field of personal injury.

Director of Brett Dixon Training Limited

Shareholder Brett Dixon Training Limited

Consultancies related to providing a service to the injured person, or in the field of personal injury.

Consultant Smith Jones (Solicitors) Limited

Political organisations/societies/pressure groups/charities/trade unions.


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